Promoting Norwegian-Russian relations in the north

The Norwegian Barents Secretariat aims at developing the Norwegian-Russian relations in the north by promoting and funding Norwegian-Russian cooperation projects. The Secretariat is also a center of competence on Norwegian-Russian relations

The work of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat could be divided in three.

Project financing

  • On behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs we fund bilateral Norwegian-Russian cooperation projects.
  • Resource center and coordinate the projects within the Barents Programme.
  • The Secretariat grants approximately 200 Norwegian-Russian projects annually.

Resource centre

  • Information work within the Barents Region on the Barents program and the project funding.
  • Updates Government, Parliament, economic life, organizations and similar outside the region on the development and possibilities of the Barents Region
  • Visualize the regional activity and increase the international support for the cooperation.
  • Carry through or finance various types of reviews or reports on relevant topics in the region.

Barents Cooperation

  • Coordinates the national goals with the regional political priorities within the frames of the multilateral Barents Cooperation.
  • Work as a resource center for the councils, committees and working groups of the Barents Cooperation.


Norwegian Barents Secretariat
Po box 276
NO-9915 Kirkenes

Visitors address:
Rådhusgata 8, Kirkenes.

Twitter: @BarentsSec

Telefon: +47 78 97 70 50

Russian offices

Contact our Russian offices for project assistance or other relevant issues:

Murmansk Office
Arkhangelsk Office
Nenets Office

Talking Barents

Increase your knowledge about Russia with the help of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.

About us

The Norwegian Barents secretariat aims at improving the Norwegian-Russian relations by promoting cross border cooperation.

The Secretariat is also a center of compentence for Norwegian-Russian relations and for regional cross border cooperation.